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Briggs makes multi-million pound investment to support growth
Briggs of Burton has made a multi-million pound investment in its Staffordshire headquarters, following rapid growth in new industries. After doubling its turnover and achieving its best yearly performance to date, the company has transformed its Burton on Trent site into a brand new global technical centre.
The company, which provides turnkey engineering solutions for leading blue-chip companies across the world, also has offices in the USA and China. Now, with the refurbishment and major extension of its UK site, Briggs of Burton are providing a strong foundation for the business to further grow and develop its innovative engineering solutions across a variety of sectors.
Briggs of Burton says much of its growth is attributed to its continued success in the brewing and distilling industries, as well as advances into the growing food and pharmaceutical sectors.
Robert Buxton, managing director at Briggs of Burton, said, “It was the right time to invest and create the headquarters of the future, empowering our employees to deliver world-class sustainable solutions for our clients across all of our sectors. Our team pride themselves on health & safety and quality, and these underpin everything we do. Our ultimate goal is creating an environment to grow our team and nurture the next generation of innovative engineers.
“Briggs of Burton has longstanding connections with the town and so it is only fitting that the development of our global technical centre should be here in the heart of the brewing capital and where it all began. We have been leading solutions across a number of new industries while maintaining strong links to our heritage. Over our long history, innovation and commitment to growing the engineers of the future has been key to our success.
“Our growth in areas such as pharmaceuticals and biofuel has been born from a passion and desire to offer market leading technologies to major blue chip companies across the entire production process and across all the sectors in which we operate. Briggs of Burton are leading exciting new projects and developing engineering solutions, which focus on carbon neutrality and sustainable manufacturing processes. We are extremely proud to continue manufacturing in Britain, and Burton on Trent as we have done since starting in 1732.”
In 2020, Briggs of Burton acquired Scottish copper still equipment manufacturer McMillan Coppersmiths & Fabricators, based in Prestonpans just outside Edinburgh.
Advancements in hygienic process engineering has also seen Briggs specialising in pharmaceutical projects including the design, build and installation of market leading inhalant manufacturing systems across Western Europe and North America for some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
George Crombie, engineering director, concluded: “For Briggs this is the start of a new chapter and a catalyst for our ongoing growth to ensure we continue to ‘deliver what we promise’ to our customers and offer the most sustainable engineering solutions assisting them to move towards carbon neutrality.
“We are proud to be not only investing in the town where it all began but also in our employees – the people who make Briggs what it is today.”
Today, the company employs over 200 staff across four sites in Burton on Trent, Prestonpans, New York, and Shanghai.